It's Day 3 in the 2010 Gratitude Challenge. In honor of my uncle's birthday I've decided that he (and his brother) are what I am thankful for today!
Growing up I had the opportunity to have my uncles in the house for many years. I had so much fun with them! Double Uncle Tickles. Nicknames like "Wart." Getting to ride horses when one unnamed uncle dated a lady with several. (I think that might have started my love for them!) Being told of stories such as my uncle "losing" me in the dorm when he just happened to use me as bait for the ladies. Dancing together. Finally some two women came by and stole them! What did they think they were doing... wanting to get married.... didn't they know that they were MY men? ;) Soon their own children followed, and I had to share the limelight. What a way to end a good run. (Kidding!)
My uncles were also there for me during all of times when having an uncle is perfect. Bullies at school. Heartbreak. My first marriage ending in divorce. They were my protectors and even when they were off having their own children all I had to do was to tell them that I wanted to talk. I never doubted their love for me.
I don't get to see them as I would like to these days.
The older of the two travels quite a bit for work. He's spending his birthday halfway around the world with co-workers on a business trip. I remember the conversations that I with him when I was baptized. He shared his faith with me in such a way that I was inspired. He has been my protector in many situations. He's my strong one. And, he also looks like Kenny Rogers (before Kenny's failed attempts at plastic surgery!) which has brought him lots of funny stories. Evidently they love Kenny Rogers in Malaysia. I definitely need to call him more.
The younger of the two is now in heaven after losing his battle with lung cancer earlier this year. He was the one that stayed up late talking to me when I went to college and was afraid. He got me in trouble with jokes that went a little too far. He was just as emotional as I am so he could understand why I was crying when others might not. He could fight with me like no one else. And he made us all laugh. A lot.
My life is changed because of them. I am who God made me to be, but I show evidence of my uncles' influence in every area of my life. I've been uncle-fied. And, I love it!
What (or who) are you thankful for today? Today I'm thankful for my uncles, Don and Roy. I love you guys!
"Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves." Romans 12:10 (NIV)